Sinking chemicals cargo ship turns into environmental disaster for Sri Lanka | DW News

Sinking chemicals cargo ship turns into environmental disaster for Sri Lanka | DW News

A fire-stricken container ship that has already caused Sri Lanka’s worst-ever maritime environmental disaster, was sinking fast on Wednesday, with nearly 1,500 containers and 25 tons of nitric acid on board, plus oil in its tanks. Water submerged the MV X-Press Pearl’s quarterdeck a day after firefighters extinguished a blaze that had been burning for almost two weeks.

Assisted by the Sri Lankan Navy, Dutch salvage firm SMIT was trying to tow the ship farther out to sea because if it sank at its current location off the port of Colombo, it would cause an even greater environmental problem, navy spokesperson Indika de Silva said.

As a precautionary measure, authorities reimposed a fishing ban along 80 kilometers (50 miles) of the coastal area. The fire erupted on May 20 when the MV X-Press Pearl was anchored about 9.5 nautical miles northwest of Colombo, awaiting to enter the port. The navy believes the blaze was caused by the chemicals on board the Singapore-registered boat.


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  1. Registered in Sg but fretted from China and because china tricked sri lanka into signing away rights to use the port for nearly 100 years . they will never waste time with this.

  2. In these cases i don't find it sufficient that the companies responsible get away with a pat on the wrist, a fine they pay and go on their buisness as nothing happened.
    Not only should they take care and/or pay of/for the clean up and the people who lost their income, afterwards they need to be watched carefully to make sure they changed their ways. If that would not be the case, then shut them down complettly. Tbh i would go even further and shut them down at once.

    Harbours world wide also need stricter restrictions to what crafts are allowed to be loaded with goods of dangerous nature. We need to stop having a blind eye on this, otherwise that little which is left of prestine nature is gone for good in no time.

  3. Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.
    Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long; they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others.
    “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted".

    YOU SHALL NOT MAKE FOR YOURSELF AN IMAGE in the form of anything, in Heaven above or in the Earth beneath, or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents up to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

    "If my people who are called by my name, humble themselves and pray, AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS, I will hear from Heaven, will forgive their sins, and will heal their land."

    AND WHEN YOU PRAY, DO NOT BE LIKE THE HYPOCRITES, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. BUT WHEN YOU PRAY GO INTO YOUR ROOM, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

    This, then, is how you should pray:

    Our Father in heaven,
    hallowed be your name,
    your kingdom come,
    your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us today our daily bread.
    And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
    And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from the evil one.

    For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

    "Matthew 5-7 NIV Bible Gateway", we can use google search.
    These are the teachings,
    The Righteousness of our Lord Jesus Christ our God.
    REPENT, and start doing what is right.
    If you abide my teachings, you are really my disciples; then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

    Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in Truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
    GOD IS SPIRIT so his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in Truth.

    In the New Heaven and New Earth,
    only Righteousness dwells.
    May the Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ our God be with you all.

  4. Xpress feeeder shipping line agent head in Sri Lanka – ARJUNA HETTIARACHCHI….. and several high up government officials are the culprits responsible

  5. So the Nitric Acid leakage was discovered 3 weeks prior. They asked permission to discharge the contents in Qatar but was denied.

    Then they asked permission to discharge in India, but was also denied.

    What are the protocols here, what happened to safety of life at sea? They tried to fix the problem, but was denied at every turn.

  6. There needs to be political cooperation on a wider scale to effectively deal with disasters of this magnitude. Obviously, this will not be the last and it is not sustainable for neighbouring countries not to take an active role as it will have an ecological affect stretching wide and far. International trade has an obligation to factor in multilateral decisions-making policies to use technologies to scoop up oil and other hazardous materials damaging local fishing industries. There needs to be more proactive thinking and solution to tackle disasters.

  7. Sri Lankan fire department is not equiped to deal with such fires. instead of water, they should use Foam. dry powder or CO2 Gas. This is the first time for Sri Lanka and this is an eye opener for the SLPA to train and equip with proper vessels to deal with such fires.

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